Crossings an ongoing concern

This is not the first time in recent years that safety concerns have been raised in relation to level crossings in the area. In 2007 local Fianna Fail Councillor Martin Connaughton highlighted the fears associated with the automated crossing at Clooneyquinn.    It emerged in a Roscommon People report last August that once a train leaves Castlerea all automated crossings along the way remain closed until the train arrives at Roscommon. Cllr. Connaughton said at the time that crossings at Adragoole, Frenchlawn, Corrastoona, Ballymacfrane and Clooneyquinn (in Fuerty) are implicated. The crossings are used by farmers at work, local people and, as Cllr. Connaughton said at the time, race-goers keen to avoid town en route to Lenabane course outside Roscommon. The long delays that arise because of the gates being closed often leads to motorists trying to ‘beat the lights’ according to Cllr. Connaughton.    Cllr. Connaughton said that the situation was much more satisfactory when the crossings were ‘manned’ by people as pertained over the years.